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You'd Be Home Now: Book summary and reviews of You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow

You'd Be Home Now

by Kathleen Glasgow

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a breathtaking story about a town, its tragedies, and the quiet beauty of everyday life.

For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one--the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey's drug habit was.

Four months later, Emmy's junior year is starting, Joey is home from rehab, and the entire town of Mill Haven is still reeling from the accident. Everyone's telling Emmy who she is, but so much has changed, how can she be the same person? Or was she ever that person at all?

Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy's beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be "cured," the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many "ghostie" addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is--it might be time to decide for herself.

Inspired by the American classic Our Town, You'd Be Home Now is Kathleen Glasgow's glorious modern story of a town and the secret lives people live there. And the story of a girl, figuring out life in all its pain and beauty and struggle and joy.

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"The [characters], especially Emory and Joey, are exceptionally well drawn in both their struggles and their joys...The portrayal of small-town life and its interconnectedness also rings true...Glasgow mentions in her author's note that over 20 million Americans struggle with substance abuse; she includes resources for teens seeking help. Necessary, important, honest, loving, and true." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The narrative presents a nuanced look at a family trying to keep their loved ones safe and the toll that addiction takes on all of its members…A heartbreaking yet important story." – Student Library Journal (starred review)

"...compassionately illustrates the profound power of love...[a] remarkable and engrossing novel of life's balance and imbalance between struggle and joy." - Booklist (starred review)

"As beautiful as it is raw… an unflinching tale of addiction." - Amy Beashel, author of The Sky Is Mine

"Raw, honest, and over-flowing with feelings…unlike anything I've ever experienced on the page." - Erin Hahn, author of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe

"In her gripping tale of an addict-adjacent teen and the fragile ecosystem she inhabits, Kathleen Glasgow expands our hearts and invites in a little more humanity." - Val Emmich, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

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Sophia Johnson

Drug Abuse in You'd Be Home Now
Kathleen Glasgow's book explores the depths of drug abuse though a young girl and her brother. Kathleen focuses on the darker side of drugs and the problems it can bring to family. Kathleen creates a compelling story as she precisely depicts the issues of parent neglect and drug abuse. Overall, this book exceeded my expectations and did the issue of drug abuse justice.

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Kathleen Glasgow Author Biography

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Girl in Pieces, as well as How to Make Friends with the Dark and You'd Be Home Now. She lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. To learn more about Kathleen and her writing, visit her website, kathleenglasgowbooks.com, or follow @kathglasgow on Twitter and @misskathleenglasgow on Instagram.

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